100 different ways to say “Happy birthday!”

Writing birthday cards can be really hard

On average each person sends/receives 22-30 cards each year, (according to greetings card industry research) and finding unique ways to wish somebody a Happy birthday can be difficult.

So if you are struggling to write a birthday card for family, colleagues or friends I’ve scoured the internet to create this list of 100 ways to wish somebody a happy birthday. Enjoy…..

Traditional Messages

  • Happy birthday
  • Have a great one
  • Stay strong! (A personal favourite of my friend, who writes on it every card ever sent! )
  • Wishing you a wonderful birthday
  • May all your birthday wishes come true this year
  • I hope that your birthday is as much fun as you are
  • Today is a celebration of you
  • Keep calm and celebrate
  • Wishing you the happiest of birthdays
  • Have a totally epic birthday
  • Enjoy your special day
  • Another you older, another year wiser
  • Here’s to a great birthday

Mix-ups, slang and short versions

  • Happy anni-birth-ery
  • Merry Birthmas
  • HBD!
  • Happy B-Day
  • Happy YOU day!
  • Happy year-older-you day

Short and sweet messages

  • Don’t count the candles just enjoy the glow
  • I hope this day is as special as you are
  • The older the song, the sweeter the tune!
  • The older the fiddler, the sweeter the tune
  • I hope your day is filled with lots of love and laughter! May all of your birthday wishes come true
  • May the joy that you give others come back to you on this special day
  • Wishing you a great day filled with laughter and happiness
  • I wish you love, hope, and everlasting joy and happiness
  • Wishing you the biggest slice of happiness today
  • The day is all yours — have fun!
  • Wishing you a day filled with happiness and a year filled with joy
  • Sending you a birthday wish wrapped in love
  • Wishing you a year of joy and adventures!
  • I may not be there in person, but I’m still wishing you the happiest birthday!
  • May all of your wishes come true – today and always
  • Don’t count the years. Count the wishes and all the cheers
  • Here’s to many more rotations around the sun
  • There is something really special about your birthday! You!!
  • Wishing you a pot of gold and all the happiness your heart can hold!
  • Stay young at heart, you old soul!
  • The more candles on your cake, the bigger the cake
  • Many happy returns on the joyous occasion of the anniversary of your birth
  • On your birthday may your spirit be enriched in light, love, and hope for a prosperous year ahead
  • The best of your life has yet to come, embrace it, be confident, and embark on a future of limitless possibilities and opportunities
  • Life is a journey. Enjoy every mile
  • Today is not the end of another year, but the start of a new one
  • It’s the journey that counts, not the destination
  • Here’s to you and all this year has in store
  • Happy birthday to someone who makes the world a better, brighter place
  • Sending you positive vibes on your birthday
  • You are the author of your life. Write a great year for yourself
  • May you have a year of growth, a year of grace, and a year of goodness
  • Forget your age and live the life your inner child wants to live!
  • Another year more wonderful!

Funny and age related messages

  • Happy Birthday to an old person who still knows how to party!
  • Haha, you’re older than me. Happy birthday
  • Congratulations on another year of skillful death evasion!
  • You are young only once in life, but immaturity is forever
  • Don’t let aging get you down! You won’t get back up again!
  • My birthday wish for you is that your hangover tomorrow isn’t too bad
  • Happy womb eviction day! don’t hesitate to ask if you need anything
  • at least you’re not as old as you will be next year.
  • If candle blowing were an Olympic sport, you would win a gold medal.
  • You’re older today than yesterday but younger than tomorrow
  • time flies when you’re having fun! How’d we get so old?
  • You’re like a fine wine—you get better with age!
  • Birthday calories don’t count,
  • Old enough to know better. Young enough to get away with it
  • Old enough to know better…Young enough to still do it
  • Like a good cheese You’re aged to perfection
  • Birthdays are like cheese. They stink more the older they get
  • You’re not old, you’re retro.
  • You’re not old; you’re youthfully challenged!
  • You’re not old. You’re aged to perfection
  • you’re not getting older you’re increasing in value
  • you may be aging ut at least youre not expired
  • Age brings new skills : You can now cough, laugh, sneeze, and pee yourself all at the same time!
  • Wine is the best cure for birthdays.
  • Birthdays are like holidays. You don’t have one too often and they come and go too quickly
  • I’m Not Saying You’re Old But… If You Were Whiskey You Would Be Really Expensive
  • Happy birthday to the only person i would rescue in a zombie apocolypse
  • Have a mucking farvellous birthday!
  • Don’t worry about your age… alcohol will make it all better!
  • Do I have to remind you at your age that TODAY is your birthday?
  • Birthdays are like your own personal Christmas!

Birthday related quotes from famous people

  • Let us never know what old age is, let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years – Ausonius
  • Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears – John Lennon
  • Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional – Chile Davis
  • Our birthdays are like feathers in the broad wings of time – Jean Paul Richter
  • All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much – George Harrison
  • As you get older three things happen; the first is your memory goes and I can’t remember the other two – Norman Wisdom
  • Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no-one alive that is you-er than you – Dr Seuss
  • With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come – Shakespeare
  • You don’t get older, you get better – Shirley Bassey
  • Live long and prosper – Mr Spock

Birthday Jokes

  • What goes up and never goes down? Your age
  • What do you say to a female sheep on her birthday? Happy birthday to ewe!
  • Why do cats love birthdays? They love to purrty
  • What does a turtle do on this birthday? He shell-a-brates
  • Why did the angry Jedi cross the road? To get to the dark side!

and finally…….

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and found it useful. Please do share it with your friends or link to this page. Also don’t forget to bookmark it for future use.

I will also publish some of these messages on my social media pages, with graphics ready for you to share online.

In the future, I will cover how to write a belated birthday card and write birth cards for colleagues.

Thanks again for reading, à bientôt, Natalie